Daily Devotional: Thursday 19th Marchby William Moody
7 The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. 8 Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9 And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, 12 and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” 13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. 14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”
The type of men Saul had with him to arrest people, would have been tough soldiers or temple guards, but these men are left speechless (v7). Even the strongest of men are humbled before Christ’s majesty.
Saul is blinded and left in such a state of shock that he neither eats nor drinks for three days (v8-9). In conversion there has to be a brokenness and humbling of the sinner’s hard heart Defiance has to disappear and a submissive spirit must replace it.
Ananias is now given the task to go to Saul (v10-12). Naturally there is great hesitation as Ananias knows Saul’s reputation (v13-14).
The wonderful thing is not who Saul was, but what God had chosen for him to become (v15-16). This is the God for whom nothing is impossible.
When we look at people’s lives we need to do so with faith and consider what God is able to do in the worst of lives. As you pray bring before God the people you know most opposed to Christianity and be honest with God about whether you believe they can be changed by Christ’s grace.
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